Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Freddie Roach telling us GSP wants McGregor after Bisping, Woodley trying to butt in on the Bisping fight and getting rejected, Stipe Miocic punching out a Bruce Willis double, Rampage afraid of heights, knockouts, podcasts, and much more.
Freddie Roach, who is involved with GSP’s boxing training for years, reveals the rationale behind the much-criticized Michael Bisping fight- and also drops a bombshell over who the Canadian welterweight wants to fight after Bisping. Transcription via BloodyElbow.com:
“That was the fight that was offered to us, through Dana (White),” Roach said of the Bisping matchup. “(He asked us) ‘do you want him?’ And we all thought about it, and we all said yes.”
“With the last fight, we’re hoping (for it) to be (Conor) McGregor.”
That the Irishman’s name would come up is no surprise, of course. If “Notorious” is still lightweight champion, that fight could also provide GSP with the unprecedented opportunity to become a champion in three weight divisions. Roach is quick to dial back enthusiasm with some qualifiers, though.
“Who wouldn’t want that fight? I mean, it’s a big fight,” Roach said. “We’d have to maybe cut weight, meet in the middle somewhere, but there’s long negotiations (that could) still happen, of course. But, who wouldn’t want that fight?”
Meanwhile, Tyron Woodley wants in on GSP’s fight with Bisping, especially given Bisping’s ultimatum to St. Pierre over the timing of their bout:
@GeorgesStPierre doesnt wanna fight for real! He playing all of us. @bisping I would kindly put my foot in ur A July 8! Save the date @ufc— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) March 29, 2017
Bisping ain’t for it, though
@UFCTonight @FS1 @TWooodley Tyron, I've no interest in shadow boxing for 25 mins against you. I need someone who engages/actually fights :)— michael (@bisping) March 30, 2017
Bisping is interested in one fight right now, and he moves from bluffing to cajoling:
Bobs and Weaves
Saffediene and Rafael Dos Anjos appear to have come to an agreement on Twitter.
@tarecfighter let's do it— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 30, 2017
Stipe Miocic punches a Bruce Willis double in the face? All in a day’s work.
I haven't knocked anyone out since Overreem, so it felt great knocking Bruce Willis' stunt double on his ass yesterday. Had a great time filming on the set of Acts of Violence. Can't wait for this movie to come out! #BruceWillis #ActsOfViolence #ThisIsCLE #MikeEpps #ColeHauser #SophiaBush #ShawnAshmore #MelissaBolona #BrettDonowho #DeathWish #EliRoth #EFOFilms #ActsOfViolenceMovie
Speaking of Miocic, this new poster is an improvement:
UFC 211 poster. pic.twitter.com/9acgmgMv1F— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) March 29, 2017
Do you ever miss Pride? This video will make you miss Pride.
This Pride VTR intro is actually greater, more epic, more gripping than any fight literally that's ever been fought. https://t.co/c0idvJfoMw— Jordan Breen (@jordanbreen) March 29, 2017
Tony Ferguson is frustrated with finding a viable opponent. He wouldn’t mind fighting Nate Diaz, for an interim belt, or Khabib again (given some assurances). But neither of those fights seem to be close to fruition, with Diaz apparently set on waiting for McGregor.
Is There No One Else???!? Light Weight Division #UFC • #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapJitsu pic.twitter.com/4FW2wVkHZo— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 30, 2017
Rampage Jackson apparently doesn’t like heights, especially not before facing off with King Mo Lawal ahead of their Bellator 175 main event rematch.
Rampage was trying everything to NOT go on the skydeck for face off with Mo LOL pic.twitter.com/ntFj8VCyOo— Duane Finley (@DuaneFinleyMMA) March 29, 2017
Slips. Rips. Knockout Clips.
Igor was one of the most fearsome to ever lace up the four-ounce gloves.
Finish Files: Igor Vovchanchyn https://t.co/aARPFW8n1I— Thomas. (@tommyie) March 29, 2017
Fedor was even better and more terrifying.
Fedor Emelianenko - The Last Emperor and The Greatest Mixed Martial Artist of all time pic.twitter.com/d2zXdvdjFx— KO KINGS (@KOKINGS4) March 29, 2017
Yeah, this looks like pain.
WWFC 6 - Sergiey “The Polar Bear” Spivac (UKR) KO's Luke Morton (ENG) in 1R 0:30s. This Tap ! pic.twitter.com/ZwDCSkbzzP— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 29, 2017
That southpaw lead uppercut is a nice shot from a bladed stance.
Leduan Barthelemy leaves no doubt this time—knocking Reynaldo Blanco down in 9th. Blanco's corner called the fight moments later. #PBConFS1 pic.twitter.com/DtGBimuNpp— PBC (@premierboxing) March 29, 2017
- Ronda Rousey rumors may last a while. She recently got a nutrition coach, which has some wondering- is she planning another comeback?
- Ever wonder what it’s like to lock up with Brock Lesnar? Those who know, tell.
- This piece by David Bixenspan about Vince McMahon’s clashes with the FBI is fantastic
- Scott Coker says that the Reebok deal has been very good- for Bellator. All the more reason for the UFC to walk away from it ASAP.
Podcasts and Video
NEW #BushidoTalk! We discuss JBJ's probation ending and more about the Bellator PPV! https://t.co/vgLINH1KWO @NayaWritesStuff @Pit_Master— Tommy Toe Hold (@TommyToeHold) March 30, 2017
the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
From Jack Slack’s latest Patreon post:
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